Albion House exterior with a White Star Line flag flyingAlbion House, the striking red and white striped White Star Line headquarters in Liverpool is in the process of being converted into a Titanic-themed hotel. A brief glimpse of progress was allowed at an open day in March. A White Star flag was hoisted for the occasion.

Decorative white arched ceiling inside the reception area

The original ceiling in the main reception area (right), and cast iron pillars which reputedly saved the building from total destruction after a direct hit from a second world war bomb.

 

Hotel bedroom with picture of Wallace Hartley

One of the rooms – dedicated to Wallace Hartley.

Interior of Titanic hotel room - silver table and grey chairsThe décor and furnishings are a very modern take on traditional styles.

 

 

The well cared for First World War memorial remains in the main hallway.

Large polished wood First World War memorial bearing dozens of names

Plans are for a phased opening beginning in April.

(originally posted in early March 2014 – transition of from  web page to blog posts page in July 2014)